A Cult Collaboration

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Students from the University of Northampton’s Illustration and Graphic Design degree courses have begun a new commission to design posters for our Cult Film Club.

Our monthly Cult Film nights are open to all and programmed by the University, bringing classic, obscure and risqué films back to the big screen. Recent selections have included the influential 1940s chiller Cat People, accompanied by a post-film Horror Quiz, and trailblazing mock-rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. Over the past few weeks, students have been at work producing posters for the next Cult Film Club screening on Wednesday 26 March, the 1968 sexploitation sci-fi Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda in her most iconic role. A flop on its release, the film’s psychedelic style and outrageously camp tone have endeared it to generations of film-lovers since, making it a definitive cult movie.

Dr David Simmons, Senior Lecturer in English and Screen Studies at the University of Northampton, who leads the programming for the Club, said: “The excellent posters that have been produced for Barbarella are evidence of the passion and enthusiasm our students have for both illustration and film. The Cult Film Club, which is now in its fourth month, continues to go from strength to strength, bringing University students and staff together with the wider Northampton community. It has already been successful in creating a space for film fans to meet, socialise and discuss their love of cult films, and we look forward to it continuing.”

Gemma Minchin’s  design is shown above, and more of the students’ work can be viewed on our Barbarella webpage. We’re planning to display a selection of physical posters at the University and cinema over the coming months, leading up to a larger exhibition in the future. 

Next month’s Cult screening will be Dario Argento’s classic horror Suspiria on Wednesday 30 April.

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